Reliable handshakes are still available in half of Yahoo leagues. Good handshakes always make a good impression.
Fantasy owners always seem to be scraping for saves. That is especially true in 2012, the "Year of the Blown Save."
So why are three stud closers still available in half of Yahoo!'s leagues?
Casey Janssen (2.64 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 9.1 K/9), Ryan Cook (1.54 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 9.5 K/9) and Tom Wilhelmsen (2.51 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 10.9 K/9) are all owned in at most 55 percent of Yahoo! leagues. All earn consistent saves, maintain low ratios and bring high strikeout rates.
Being slow on Wilhelmsen is at least defensible because Brandon League looms. We saw League temporarily lose his job last season, only to quickly take it back later.
But it's now been over a month since the switch happened and Wilhelmsen doesn't look like he will give up his new gig. In fact, he has yet to give up a run since taking over as Seattle's closer on May 26. He has seven saves and many more are on their way.
Janssen carries the threat of a Sergio Santos return, but Santos still had no timetable as of June 27. If Santos ever does come back, there's no reason to reinstate him as closer. Janssen has only given three earned runs since April 26 while filling in.
Cook is the best option of all three. The All-Star has some competition from Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes. But that is a competition Cook is clearly winning. He has only allowed earned runs in two games this entire season.
You can either sit there baffled at how any of these three are possibly available or you can go do something about it.
Yahoo! Ownerships: Cook (55 percent), Wilhelmsen (50 percent), Janssen (50 percent)
They Are Better Than: Jose Valverde (92 percent), Alfredo Aceves (75 percent), Brett Myers (76 percent).